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Magical Thinking

11 Brilliant Ways To Unlock The Magic Of Life

Lamisha Serf-Walls | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Lamisha Serf-Walls

While there may not be a silver bullet, special formula, or one-size-fits-all approach to create the 'happily ever after' that so many are searching for, there are a few things you can do to unlock the magic of life starting right now no matter how busy you are. Here are 11 brilliant ways to help you do just that.

Rubio or Cruz Dropping Out Is the Only Way Trump Could Lose

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rubio's only chance is Cruz dropping out. Cruz's only chance is Rubio dropping out. Neither man, though, is about to drop out -- and by the time one of them does, it will likely be too late to stop the Trump juggernaut.

Friday Talking Points -- Underpants Gnomes Will Defeat Trump!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.08.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Now that the primaries are getting a lot closer, some are doing mental pretzel-bends to rationalize their gut feeling about Trump's inevitable loss (since their gut feeling can't possibly be wrong, of course.)

Being Open to the Miraculous

Michael Neill | Posted 05.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

Here's an excerpt from an email I wrote to one client as to what it takes to be open to the miraculous and in so doing, to experience more miracles in your life:

Carolyn Gregoire

Why You Believe In Ghosts, Even Though You Know Better | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living

When Halloween rolls around, talk of witches, haunted houses and black cats is all in good fun -- right? Maybe not. For a surprising number of Ame...

'What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been'

Christi Guthrie | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Christi Guthrie

My Husband and I have taking retreats up north for the past nine years. The 2.5 hour drive from Dracut, Ma has always been a nice way to escape life's...

The Family Talisman

Joelle Wisler | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

I brought them to the hospital and hung onto them the whole time; through the squeeze of the contractions and the sting of the needles and the pushing and the sweating and the crying and the expansion of pride at the amazing creature that was all of a sudden... there.

Literally Touching Greatness Can Increase Your Creativity

Pacific Standard | Tom Jacobs | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

Do you wish you were more creative? Would it help if you played Mozart’s piano, sat down at Dickens’ writing desk, or switched on Steve Jobs’ la...

Awe Increases Religious Belief

Matthew Hutson | Posted 02.12.2014 | Science
Matthew Hutson

An analysis of astronauts' reports reveals that for many, the awesomeness of spaceflight increased their belief in God. New research may explain why.

Magical Thinking: Fears of the Dark and What Lurks Under the Bed

Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D.

Nighttime fears are common in kids Max's age. We are all familiar with a young child's fears of monsters and what lurks under the bed. I believe they most often represent a healthy way for a child to express his or her dawning awareness that the world can be a dangerous place.

All Paths Lead to Magical Thinking

Matthew Hutson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
Matthew Hutson

You believe in God or astrology or a purpose in life because you apply ideas about people -- that they have thoughts and intentions -- to the natural world. What has not been clarified is exactly how various cognitive biases interact to produce specific ideas about the supernatural -- until now.

The Pros and Cons of Magical Thinking

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Small Business
Carlota Zimmerman

Seriously, if changing your life was easy, do you really think we'd have three-for-one happy hours, or that anyone would seriously care about Kate and Wills' baby? Please. They'd be fully engaged in their own exciting lives.

More Trick Than Treat

Victor Stenger | Posted 08.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Victor Stenger

I suppose Keith Barry's magic show was entertaining, though far from exceptional. But TED audiences expect more for their money than to be simply entertained. They are expecting to learn something. What were they supposed to learn from Barry's performance?

How the Law of Attraction and Wishful Thinking Keep You Fearful

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Wishful thinking is usually an outgrowth of a fear. People don't resort to wishful thinking because it works. They resort to wishful thinking because it allows them to avoid confronting their fear. Wishful thinking allows you to avoid discomfort, stress, change, anxiety and pressure.

Magical Thinking

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.04.2013 | Technology
Robert Koehler

Oh laptop, a mere four and a half years in my possession! Uh, it's kind of obsolete, they said. The money you invest in repair could go toward a new machine, one that's much faster. "More magical." They didn't say that but they meant it. And: "The prices start pretty low."

Magical Thinking About Unread Books

Lillian Daniel | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

I am always carrying books around in the hope of reading them. It's as if I believe that if I continually carry piles of books from my church, to my car, to my home and then back to church again, the information from all those books will somehow just sink into my aching arms.

Why We All Need a Little Magic in Our Lives

Menna van Praag | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

Real life can be difficult enough, being too realistic will only make you depressed. The best way to deal with reality, in my experience, is to bring as much magic to it as possible!

The Day After

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 06.16.2013 | Crime
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Although most of us will return to normal, we will mourn for the injured and the fallen. But selfishly we will also mourn our former selves. We are no longer the people who went blithely to Boylston yesterday.

Even Top Scientists Believe Everything Was Created by Magic

Matthew Hutson | Posted 05.19.2013 | Science
Matthew Hutson

The sense that certain things were "meant to be" or even that "everything happens for a reason" is encouraged by the intuitive assumption that a mind is guiding all the events in our lives.

What Kind of Thinker Believes in God?

Matthew Hutson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Science
Matthew Hutson

A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? Your answer to this question will help me guess whether you believe in God.

9 Magical Moments In Every Person's Life

Posted 03.05.2015 | OWN

By Erin Morgenstern Author extraordinaire Erin Morgenstern -- the genius behind The Night Circus -- shows us those brief, unexpected times that ele...

Smirking And Magical Thinking

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

One of the wonders of our age is the persistence of "birthers" and other true believers who insist that Barack Obama is an Islamist terrorist mole bent on destroying America, but this flight from reality isn't only a problem on the right.

eBay to Prohibit Selling of Psychic and Other Paranormal Services

D.J. Grothe | Posted 10.17.2012 | Weird News
D.J. Grothe

Some psychic practitioners on eBay offer supernatural medical consultations and healing services, while others offer love potions and spells. But it appears that all of this will soon be a thing of the past.

The Karmic Connection: Do We Expect Good Fortune After Helping Others?

Matthew Hutson | Posted 09.29.2012 | Science
Matthew Hutson

In general, if you're nice to people, good things come your way, but if you're jagoff, look out. These expectations make sense in social situations, where people can retaliate or return favors, and where reputation matters. But we expect the universe to play by the same rules -- to manifest karma.

Self-Help for the Self-Help Averse

Lauren Cahn | Posted 09.07.2012 | GPS for the Soul
Lauren Cahn

Every day, my Twitter feed and my Facebook ticker are littered with pithy soundbites that purport to unlock the secret of personal fulfillment -- and I find myself wincing. When a soundbite is presented without context, it might sound profound, but it is often meaningless or misconstrued.